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behind the eight ball

Definition of behind the eight ball

informal

  1. :  in a bad position <The loss of this contract puts the company behind the eight ball.>



Word by Word Definitions

behindplay
  1. :  in the place or situation that is being or has been departed from

    :  in, to, or toward the back

    :  later in time

  1. :  in or to a place or situation in back of or to the rear of

    : used as a function word to indicate something that screens an observer

    :  following in order

  1. :  buttocks

eightplay
  1. :  the eighth in a set or series

    : :  something having eight units or members: as

    :  an 8-oared racing boat or its crew

ballplay
  1. : :  a round or roundish body or mass: as

    :  a spherical or ovoid body used in a game or sport

    :  earth, globe

  1. :  to form or gather into a ball

    :  to form or gather into a ball

  1. :  a large formal gathering for social dancing

    :  a very pleasant experience :  a good time


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